Man charged after multiple break and enters in the state’s Illawarra region

A man has been arrested and prescription medication seized after four break and enter incidents in the state’s Illawarra region.

About 4.25am on Tuesday 25 July 2023, a pharmacy on the Princes Highway, Woonona, was allegedly broken into and a large amount of prescription medication was stolen; the same pharmacy was allegedly broken into again about 4.15am on Saturday 29 July 2023, with more medication stolen.

A third alleged break and enter occurred at a pharmacy on King Street, Thirroul, about 4.40am on Sunday 30 July 2023.

A fourth alleged break and enter occurred at a medical practice on Park Road, Woonona, about 5.25am on Tuesday 1 August 2023.

Officers attached to Wollongong Police District were notified and commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incidents.

About 1.15pm on Tuesday 1 August 2023, a 31-year-old man was arrested for an unrelated matter and taken to Wollongong Police Station.

Following inquiries while the man was still in custody, police executed a search warrant at a unit on Popes Road, Woonona, and seized over 200 packets of prescription medication and various vaccines.

The 31-year-old man was charged with aggravated break enter and steal, three counts of break enter and steal, possess restricted substance, and two counts of drive whilst disqualified.

He was refused bail to appear at Wollongong Local Court today (Wednesday 2 August 2023).

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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